Brigadier-GeneralÂ Emmanuel Okaro has pointed to the defence of the Super Eagles as the Achilles heel that couldÂ stop the team from excelling in the ongoing 2010 FIFA World Cup holding in South Africa.
Like every other critic of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA has said, Brigadier-General Okaro said theÂ possibility of Nigeria doing well is slim, adding thatÂ it will take luck for them to scale through. following the poorÂ preparation the team had.
In chat with Sunday Vanguard sports, he picked the teamâ€™s poor defence as their bane and said if nothing is done, there could be a problem for the team. He stressed that the only sure way for the teamâ€™s success is for them to play as a unit and also adhere to Lars Lagerbackâ€™s instruction. in all games.
â€œWe might scale through but if we go by the way we prepared for the competition, I doubt if we can go far. You know football sometimes changes but it is very clear that our preparation was very weak. My fear is that if the players fail to adhere to the coachâ€™s advice and with the weak defence, then I do not see us going far.
â€œAs far as I am concerned, we do not have a good team. That is what it is, it is not a question of being patriotic to be honest with you, this is the worst Super Eagle we have had in recent times, because if you compare the 1994 team with this present team, you will see the difference.
Our defence is the problem. The midfield and the attack are okay but the defence is where the problem is. But football being what it is, anything can happen. If the Argentines do not rise up to the occasion, it might stand as a good result for our team. But that did not say we have a team , we donâ€™t have a teamâ€ he concluded.